Davina’s Spanish Chicken

Serves 4

Dishes like this make me think of wonderful sunny Mediterranean holidays. Cook up some veggie couscous to serve alongside if you like and there’s supper sorted. You could pop in a bit of chorizo if you like but don’t forget it will add extra calories.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 600g skinless chicken thigh fillets, trimmed of fat and cut into strips
  • 2 red onions, cut into wedges
  • 2 large red peppers, cut into strips
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 12 tsp saffron, soaked in 2 tbsp boiling water
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 12 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 50g pitted green olives, halved
  • 25g capers, rinsed
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and black pepper

To serve

  • chopped parsley leaves
  • basil leaves


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan that has a lid. Fry the chicken over a high heat until it’s browned on all sides. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon and set it aside.
  2. Add the onions and peppers and fry them briskly for a couple of minutes over a high heat, then turn down the heat, add about 50ml of water and cover the pan. Leave the veg to cook for 10 minutes until they’ve softened but are still keeping their shape.
  3. Add the garlic and cook it for a couple of minutes, then put the chicken back in the pan. Add the saffron to the chicken stock, then pour this over the vegetables and chicken and season with the paprika and some salt and black pepper.
  4. Bring the liquid to the boil, then turn down the heat to a gentle simmer and add the olives, capers, lemon zest and juice. Cook, uncovered, for about 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is well reduced. Serve garnished with lots of parsley and basil leaves.

Copyright © Davina McCall, 2016. Extracted from Davina’s SmartCarbs by Davina McCall. Published by Orion. Photographer: Andrew Hayes-Watkins